Robert (Bob) A. Furlani was born 10 August 1917 in Connersville, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania (Pa.). He is the son of Candido Furlani and Anna (Bianchi) Furlani and he is my paternal uncle and my godfather. Although I saw him more frequently than some of my other relatives, I seem to know very little about him. I guess it is time to do more research.
My mother told me that she was engaged to Bob before she dated his brother, my father. She would never tell me what happened or why they broke up.
I have a photo that I found on the Internet of the 1933 Mount Carmel Township High School football team, which includes my uncle. So I know he played football in high school.
I know he enlisted in World War II as a Warrant Officer. His enlistment record shows he attended college for one year.
In the late 1940s or early 1950s, he married Patricia Allen, who was divorced, creating a small scandal in our staunch Catholic family. Aunt Pat had a daughter, Mildred, who was known as Mickey and whom I remember. His obituary says there was another daughter named Betty, whom I never knew. She must have already married and moved into her own home, when Bob and Pat married. Bob and Pat never had any children together.
He and his family lived in Elizabeth, Union Co., New Jersey. The town I grew up in, Essington, Delaware Co., Pa. was on the Delaware River. There was a lot of manufacturing in the Newark, Elizabeth area along the river. I remember always telling folks that my uncle lived over across the river where you can see the yellow smoke.
I always looked forward to Uncle Bob’s visits. He adored children and was great fun to be around. Aunt Pat was outgoing and enjoyed our company, too. When they visited, we children could look forward to treats. I remember that one time we were treated to ice cream. I insisted I wanted a butterscotch sundae (which I had never had before) even though everyone tried to talk me out of it. You guessed it—I threw it up before we even left the store. I’ve never eaten another.
Uncle Bob died on 15 February 1996 at the age of 78, in the home of one of his grandchildren. According to his obituary, he was survived by two daughters, Betty Dean and Mildred O’bremsky, both of New Jersey; 25 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
Week 41 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.